The Year Ahead 2017


As The Year Ahead 2017 begins, Jupiter is positioned in Libra, where it has been since 9th September 2016 and will remain until 10th October 2017. Jupiter has a cycle of about 12 years, creating a situation where Jupiter spends around a year in each Zodiac Sign. This means it has been 12 years since Jupiter was last in Libra. Jupiter is the planet that most contributes the change of energy injected into our lives each the year. Jupiter is expansive and optimistic. Jupiter in Libra will generate a much less worrying tone, as was the case while Jupiter was in Virgo and focus life more generally upon interaction with others. This will increase responsiveness between people. Opportunities can be limited if there is a lack of willingness to engage with others. Previous careful planning, through having dealt with the details thoroughly, while Jupiter was in Virgo, could begin to take shape. This can result in greater pressure and the need to take on more responsibilities this year. It can also provide the opportunity to alter obligations to a more suitable level – this will require self-motivation – it will not be something that has a no choice component to it.

Jupiter is strongly activated through its contacts with Saturn, Uranus and Pluto during the time Jupiter is in Libra. Uranus is rebellious, while Saturn and Pluto are both planets that like some sort of control over matters by keeping things within limits. Jupiter and Uranus will oppose one another, off and on, all this time – this will result in some very interesting interactions between people that will be out of the ordinary in some way, which is stimulated by Uranus. Any new and exciting relationships that establish themselves quickly, either on a personal or business level, should be dealt with in a cautious manner, though this advice will more than likely fall on deaf ears. As quickly as these relationships begin, they could just as spectacularly end. This opposition between Jupiter and Uranus could dramatically alter the way any long-term relationship has operated over the years. Anybody who feels they have had enough of “towing the line” in any situation will rebel. Younger people more radically but older people may still shock others with their determination to become more free or independent, one way or another – this will be most significant for people who have Aries or Libra as a strong point in their personal Horoscope. Both the Saturn and Pluto contacts will encourage Jupiter to operate in a practical way. Pluto will apply pressure – this pressure could lead to encouraging rebellion through Uranus. Because Libra is a sign to weigh up both sides of a matter, it would be wisest to go through this process when faced with wanting to dramatically alter obligations or commitments that involve other people or could affect other people. The thing about Pluto is finality. Once something is brought to an end, under the influence of Pluto, that is it. With any new relationships, this contact between Jupiter and Pluto should not be ignored – look for ways in which the situation and obligations or responsibilities attached, may limit what appears to be greater freedom. Jupiter’s contact to Saturn will be dealt with under Saturn’s interpretation.

Jupiter will move into Scorpio on the 10th October 2017, where it will remain until the 8th November 2018. This will generate a more serious tone to life again, primarily in the area of maintaining control over one’s circumstances. By this stage, matters between individuals should be clear and exactly how this should be dealt with will be the mode of operation of Jupiter in Scorpio.

Saturn the planet of seriousness and restriction moved into Sagittarius on the 24th December 2014 for the first time. From the 18th September 2015, Saturn settled into Sagittarius, where it will remain until 20th December 2017. Saturn is the planet that puts boundaries into place – it is Jupiter’s balancing partner because Jupiter lacks boundaries. Saturn has, in round terms, a 30-year cycle. This means that the last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was 30 years ago – the actual time frame being from November 1985 through to November 1988. Looking back at events that took place during that period of time can bring enlightenment as to the type of things that might need to be dealt with, though with 30 years life experience, they can be dealt with quite differently this time!!

Saturn in Sagittarius is an interesting placement in that Saturn is the planet of boundaries and Sagittarius is the sign that wants no boundaries. Those with Sagittarius strongly positioned in a personal way in their Horoscope – which can mean either Sagittarian Sun Signs, Moon in Sagittarius, Mercury in Sagittarius, Venus in Sagittarius, Mars in Sagittarius or the Ascendant in Sagittarius will feel this in a very marked manner, no matter their age – those over 30 years of age will cope better. Boundaries will either be put into place or one will need to place more boundaries on themselves, which can include the number of involvements in life. Primarily this will be connected to becoming more serious about responsibility and commitment. This will not be the easiest thing to accomplish, as it is not natural to the Sagittarian nature. However, to all the other Zodiac Signs, Saturn in Sagittarius will continue a welcome change by generating an attitude of looking for the positive in situations and placing good expectations on possible outcomes. Sagittarius will encourage optimism, which is not a natural Saturn trait.

Jupiter in Libra (Saturn’s partner) has a connection that generates favourable reactions from Saturn in Sagittarius. Both planets will be most supportive to one another, as well as interactive. Jupiter is expansive and can provide the opportunity for Saturn to reach high levels of success – this will reach a peak during August. This connection between the two will generate a general attitude of more positive expectations in planning matters in the long term, particularly for those who have either Libra or Sagittarius prominent in their personal Horoscope.

When Jupiter moves into Scorpio from the 10th October 2017 it will be out of touch with Saturn in Sagittarius until the 20th December 2017. This will generate the need to take a definite or black or white approach to situations in life, as well as perhaps deciding what needs to be left behind. This is especially poignant as Saturn will be on its final leg in Sagittarius for another 30 years. In early December, Jupiter will make an easy-going link with Neptune.   This can generate a strong sense of being “tuned-in” to the exact nature of a matter. It also warns to be realistic about what is sensed as opposed to what is desired. Under this influence, it can be very easy to see things as one wants to see them, rather than they way they actually are. This connection between Jupiter and Neptune will continue throughout 2018. This means that what perhaps appears to be fact in early December will have more to it than meets the eye. It will need time to fully surface during the next year.

Mars is the planet of action and activity. It generally changes from one Zodiac Sign to another every 6 weeks or so and keeps matters moving from one stage to the next. This year Mars will not retrograde, or move in a backward motion to us here on earth. This means it will not generate hold ups, so we will experience ongoing activity, as it will move through 9 of the 12 Zodiac Signs. Up until 27th July, Mars will be in a waning cycle with its relationship to the Sun. Its energy level will be not so marked in this period and there can be a lack of clarity, so action should be taken cautiously, especially for Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer. After 27th July, Mars will move into a waxing phase until July 2018 and this will really get things moving. This will affect Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio during 2017.

Venus, the planet of relationships, enjoyment, growth and beautification will retrograde this year. This will involve the two Zodiac Signs of Pisces & Aries. Venus will move backwards and forwards in these two Zodiac Signs from 3rd January until 6th June 2017, which means that during the first half of the year, much reflection needs to be applied to interaction with others.What makes this Venus retrograde period quite significant is that Jupiter is in Libra, the sign of relationships this year (which occurs once every 12 years) and Venus is the ruling planet of Libra and as such, has rulership of Jupiter while Jupiter remains in Libra. This brings a double dose of focus on relationships and interactions with others, especially for the first half of the year. Venus is associated with peace, balance and harmony, encouraging application of these qualities to whatever is being dealt with in life at the time.

Venus will enter Pisces for the first time from 3rd January until 4th February 2017. In Pisces, Venus is in its exaltation, which is very nice, as this allows matters to improve greatly or to move to higher levels. This is excellent for gaining recognition but there is a need to ensure it is the sort of recognition that is desired. Romance can be an exquisite experience with this combination and Neptune being in Pisces as well with Venus, can greatly add to this, though whether it is reality or not can be a different matter. Care must be taken not to put somebody on a pedestal. As Venus is ruling Jupiter in Libra, the relationship sign this year, any position Venus holds will have some importance to Jupiter. While Venus is in Pisces it is out of touch with Jupiter in Libra. This certainly means relationship matters may not be as together as they seem and there can be a tendency to focus on the desirable.

While Venus is in Pisces it will also link to the practical planets – Saturn and Pluto. The connection to Pluto will encourage a look at what might be brought to an end to accommodate any relationship or liaison and Saturn will be the one to bring the eventual pressure associated with commitment and responsibility. It may also uncover another person’s lack of intention to make what might be presumed initially to be a commitment. The second time Venus will be back in Pisces will be from 3rd April until 28th April. In this period Venus will go Direct or forward on the 15th April after having been retrograde (which will begin in Aries) on 4th March. This second period of Venus in Pisces will provide the opportunity for improving any situations that could break down while Venus moves through Aries the first time.

Venus will enter Aries for the first time from 4th February until 3rd April. In Aries, Venus is in its detriment, which is not comfortable to Venus mainly because Venus is a compromising planet, which Aries doesn’t support as it is a competitive and single-minded sign. While Venus is in Aries, it will join Uranus (the rebellious planet), which is also in Aries. This combination can generate very sudden attractions and as Venus in Aries will sit opposite to Jupiter in Libra (the relationship sign) it makes this even more possible. It could also be the time that any person who has been unhappy in a partnership situation will decide to break it down and move on.  Impulsiveness on this score needs to be watched as Aries takes a single-minded view and may not see all the ramifications involved, which could result in a lot of conflict.

Venus in Aries will also make contacts to the practical planets, Saturn and Pluto. Saturn will not put Venus under pressure while Venus is in Aries but provide the opportunity to gain practical vision as to the long term outcome possible, what has or will be learnt from the situation, particularly if it is following the lines of breaking down. Saturn will encourage a look at levels of obligation or responsibility but not force this into life. Pluto, however, will apply pressure and this will be of a final nature – one where there is no going back. For this reason acting impulsively out of a sense of frustration would not be wise at all, though extremely possible because of a need to feel in control. Venus will retrograde while in Aries during this first period, on the 4th March. Venus will not move forward or go Direct until 15th April when it is back in Pisces for the second time. This retrograde period can bring matters from the past to the fore that need to be dealt with but it can also encourage taking actions as one has been inclined to do in the past. It is best to pause and reflect in this retrograde period, though Aries is not a sign to encourage this. Venus will be back in Aries for the second time from 28th April to 6th June. This will be a period where any situation that needs to be broken down will become more clear and obvious. Even if this is not the choice of preference, the fact it is going to take place will be apparent, which will not necessarily be the case during the first period Venus is in Aries.

Mercury, the planet of communication has 3 retrograde (or backward) periods each year. During these times things tend to go awry as confusion reigns. These are not good times to make purchases unless it is to replace something that has broken down. Past issues come up for review, particularly for the Zodiac Sign in which these periods take place.

It is not the best time for travel as there can be all sorts of mix-ups. These times can be extremely favourable for finding lost things, for becoming aware of past mistakes and for getting money, which has been owed, paid back. They are also times when true perception is heightened. Contemplation of matters that have been a puzzle will bring to the surface of one’s mind, the true state of affairs.

2017 begins with Mercury in a retrograde period. This retrograde period began on 19th December 2016 in Capricorn and finishes on 8th January 2017 in Sagittarius.

Mercury will retrograde initially in the Earth Signs of Taurus & Virgo during 2017 in the first and second retrograde periods.   Mercury will then go back into the Fire Signs of Aries and Leo.   This will provide the opportunity to review matters in a down to earth practical manner with any situation that either arises at the time or has been in the back of the mind, in a nagging sort of a way, leading up to this period. Then the Fire Signs will provide the confidence to take whatever action is necessary. The third period occurs only in the fire sign Sagittarius, which can bring swift changes where the past may seem to be repeating itself. Moving forward with decisions is best done once any of the retrograde periods are over.

1st Period – 10th April until 5th May 2017, in Taurus & Aries  
2nd Period – 13th August until 5th September 2017, in Virgo & Leo
3rd Period – 3rd December until 23rd December 2017, in Sagittarius
Following are my interpretations of what the 12 Zodiac Signs can expect during 2017. If you know your Ascendant, you should read that in combination with your Sun Sign.

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ARIES:    (Born between 21st March & 20th April)
To mid-year there will be a strong focus on your own affairs. Until late January you need to play the waiting game and spend time weighing up the options. From late January to mid March you begin a new 2-year cycle. This will lift your self-confidence and stimulate your energy level. However you need to hold back on rushing into matters. What you have to factor in is the influence other people can have over what it might be possible for you to do up to early October. They will be looking out for their own interests and as such will not put yours first. Rethinking a situation or renegotiating something agreed to previously that is likely to involve your finances, can be the case between mid April and early May. During this time it would be wise of you to retreat in some way to give yourself some quiet time to consider both sides of a matter. It will be from mid May to early June that your financial matters can become settled with some reliability. By this stage you would have become aware of what is more important to bed down for the future. Much pleasure can be the case between mid July and early September. At the same time you should not put proper health practices to one side. You will be busy with others between mid October & early December.

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TAURUS:  (Born between 21st April & 20th May)
This year will primarily focus on your health and for this reason it would be wise to ensure you take care of yourself. You will be inclined to put on weight easily so bear this in mind when you are tempted to have that little bit extra! You could easily become a slave to circumstances so be mindful of exactly what you are taking on or agreeing to. It may feel others are not appreciating your efforts – it can be difficult to judge this. In actual fact they may notice more than they express – you will get more response from October on. Up to April, people you have not seen in a while could reappear in your life or you may become involved again with a particular group of people. Something about the situation can have some sort of mystery attached so it would be wise to hold back from being overly enthusiastic. There will be much to reflect upon between February and mid May. Don’t be afraid to take whatever time you need in this period. You start a new 2 year cycle in mid March – don’t let this push you into acting more quickly than is really necessary. You have got until mid July to sort out what is best for you. Between mid May and early June your mind will become settled – it may not be until late September that all things feel to be in place.

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GEMINI:    (Born between 21st May & 20th June)
The year should produce an abundance of opportunity for you to enjoy yourself with plenty of social interaction and the ability to involve yourself in things you like. If there is a particular holiday you would like to take, try and do this before October and you should not be disappointed. Love will be in the air for many. Caution should not be thrown to the wind to alter life too dramatically as a result, because at the same time there will be obligations involving others, on either side, that will put pressure on the reality possible. For many there will be greater involvement with younger people or children. Taking up a creative interest will be rewarding. Weighing up commitments, combined with the more important priorities in life can take much time and attention up to early June. This can be associated with work, career or personal obligations. Take your time in reflecting on this from April to early June. You can be most fortunate but this will not be the result of taking risks that have not been well considered. It can be more ‘who you know’ than ‘what you know’ that will be of greatest benefit – utilise people who are in a situation to help you out. You begin a new 2-year cycle in mid April that will see you feeling more confident, requiring proper focus on your part, to early September.

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CANCER:    (Born between 21stJune & 22nd July)
After many changes on a personal level over the last 3 years, this year is one to begin putting foundations in place when it comes to the way you want your life to develop in the future. Home and family matters can come to the fore. This can include a change of home, a long distance move or perhaps renovating with the idea of creating more space. There will be additions to the family for some. Any change of direction associated with work or career can be part of a process where beneficial foundations for the future will be established. You will begin a new 2-year cycle in early June. Between the beginning of the year and then there will be much to weigh up when it comes to where you want to head in the long term and the obligations or responsibilities this will entail. There could be many options to consider or you may find yourself changing your mind because of attempting to establish what should be your priorities. Once you begin your new 2-year cycle, the vision can become clearer, though you really need to give yourself until late October before you will know what actions to take to put things in place. In some ways you can feel you do a lot of work that isn’t fully appreciated – it may be, but you will gain recognition from 2018 onwards.

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LEO:  (Born between 23rd July & 22nd August)
Personal changes you have been going through during the last 2 years will bring you to the point, this year, of having many different options you can consider. Amongst these can be possibilities you had not previously taken into account. This is an excellent year for gathering information and this can include study of any description. Travel will be enjoyed and can provide a welcome change to normal routine. Any agreements you enter into should be thoroughly checked out – don’t be careless with detail. Where others are involved in situations in your life you need to give things time for their true desires or expectations to surface up to late April. What they want and what you are aiming for might be two different things. You begin a new 2-year cycle from mid July. Be mindful of not rushing into anything too quickly because previous to this you will start a period of consideration where your personal position and finances are concerned. This will begin from early July and bring you a point of being clearer about yourself by mid September. From then to late September you can make final decisions regarding finances or work. You can be fortunate in a practical way and through opportunities presenting themselves unexpectedly. Look into the detail involved.

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VIRGO:  (Born between 23rd August & 22nd September)
Increased income or a vast improvement with personal finances can be the case this year. This can also equate with changes in the way in which you earn your income. You need to be careful about any encouragement you might be given to either commit yourself to spending a large sum of money or over-extending yourself through borrowing money. Don’t readily jump into investments suggested by others either. Their ideas about these types of things in life may not have compatibility to the type of person you are. There will be a lot going on with other people to June. What is initially presented by others or what you presume to be what they intend may have hidden connotations. It might work out this way because they are not being entirely realistic in the first place and as a result it can lead to a break down of what was their initial intention. If money is involved, you should be very cautious. First and foremost you must take responsibility for maintaining a solid basis in your own life. This can include home and family matters or anything you have been working at putting in place for the future. From early July to late September there could be much to think over about your personal situation. From early September you begin a new 2-year cycle that will generate a greater feeling of self-confidence in the actions you want to take.

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LIBRA:   (Born between 23rd September & 22nd October)
This is a go ahead year as you are in a new 12-year cycle, based on the Zodiac Sign, Libra now that Jupiter is in your sign, where it will remain until 10th October. You will feel as though you are released in some way with the opportunity to be free as that held back feeling from last year has gone. Jupiter is expansive, so amongst other things, you need to watch weight gain. When it comes to your personal involvement in situations, it will be wise to hold back on being too generous of yourself. It will be very easy to become too much of a slave to the needs of others up to late April and it is not something you will see coming. Use your natural Libran tendencies to weigh up both sides of a matter before committing yourself.   Conflict could arise between the freedom you want for yourself and the independence others want for themselves, mainly because they could have got used to it since 2010. Listen carefully to what others say up to late April. They will be determined to move in the direction they want to take. You are naturally skilled in dealing with this but it could take until October, when you begin a new 2-year cycle to work through this. You can find opportunities to establish very clear and decisive agreements up to August and seal a deal by November.

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SCORPIO:   (Born between 23rd October & 21st November)
This won’t be the easiest year, mainly because you will feel held back until October as the Zodiac Sign of Scorpio finishes a 12-year cycle. This will lower your energy level – it is life’s way of getting you to rest and contemplate what has been in your life and what you want to have take shape in your future. There will be things in life that need to be let go of in order to move forward – the ease or difficulty attached to this will be dependent upon how resistant you decide to be about it. Maintaining a practical approach to finances is a necessity, though this may not be too difficult. The main thing is not to spend money on frivolous things, otherwise you will find something of necessity will arise that can make matters difficult if the money has already been spent. Much opportunity will present itself off and on for pleasure and enjoyment up to late April. Having a restful holiday in this period can be helpful as well. Watch overindulgence, as you will also need to pay attention to your health at the same time. Getting into a good exercise regime between January and March will stand you in good stead. It may be necessary to get people to do some work for you up to late April. Be sure you keep an eye on their work so that things are completed as they were initially agreed to.

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SAGITTARIUS:  (Born between 22nd November & 21st December)
What might have seemed an overloaded level of responsibility you had to deal with last year has come to an end. There is still the need for you to take your position seriously with preparedness to deal with certain obligations that are attached. Last year likely taught you that you could not expect to take on everything and cope with it well. This will now encourage you to establish priorities. You can do well for yourself this year, particularly in situations that involve you with a group of people. Networking can form a major role in what you do as well as your ability to create in a very individual manner. You will be naturally inclined to look outside the square. You can establish new friendships of significance and connections to past friends can be re-ignited. Guard against being overly enthusiastic with something you begin to establish between January and June, as some sort of breaking down process will interweave with what you are attempting to put in place. By doing things in small stages you have a better chance of keeping this under control. Get into good habits for your health and fitness up to late April with the idea to persist. It will give you the stamina to cope well when things get busier, as well as perhaps changeable from July to the end of the year.

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CAPRICORN:   (Born between 22nd December & 19th January)
Obligations and responsibilities will naturally follow a path of major increase to October. As you have an almost automatic tendency to take these things on, it might be time you contemplate the circumstances you would be getting yourself into before accepting. You have had the last 2 years to consider any long term matters in life that need to wind up – this is the final year before you enter a new 30 year cycle, which will begin on 20th December 2017 and one in which you should take more control of your personal situation rather than allowing outside obligations to dictate. In some instances there can be changes within the home and family that requires more serious attention to what needs to be dealt with. Oddly enough there can be a sense of being freed from one set of circumstances to concentrate more on new commitments. Those who have been working towards a promotion can experience the satisfaction of getting there – it might be a lot more work than it seemed. Establishing a good name for yourself is also possible – be very aware of your behaviour so that a good reputation is maintained. Those in positions of authority could be impressed with your abilities. Don’t push things much before June – there could be changes to agreements.

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AQUARIUS:  (Born between 20th January & 18th February)
You should feel released in some way after last year, giving you a sense of being in a better position to make plans for the future. There may seem to be limitless possibilities. What needs to be borne in mind is that to gain one thing, something will need to be let go of. This can indirectly lead you to considering what you have either come to believe in or what you feel you need to embrace in your life as it stands now. Gaining greater knowledge will appeal – for some this will represent study, for which this is a very good year. For others it can mean looking into a subject, which has been of interest, perhaps for a long time. This is an excellent year for travel, particularly long distances or to take that holiday you have always wanted to do, if you can afford it. Your personal finances and agreements or decisions you need to make can be very changeable between January and early June. You could be tempted not to worry about what you spend only to find any previous agreements, particularly long term, may break down in some way, affecting your finances. From early July to mid September you can realise that decisions you presumed somebody else would make, especially if money is involved, are not going to take the path you expected. They will want it sorted their way.

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PISCES:  (Born between 19th February & 20th March)
Last year brought a lot of interaction with others, which in many ways has likely placed you in a reactive position. It would be wise of you to consider how much this has happened as it could continue in more subtle ways if you do not pay more attention to your own position. In mid December 2016 you began a new 2-year cycle, which has encouraged you to take action in ways that suit what you want rather than react to what others expect. Your energy level and self-confidence has likely improved with this as well. Up to June there is much to support what you want, though this will not happen without you being prepared to act on your own behalf. It will mean you need to weigh up what you believe will give you greatest peace of mind and the actions you will need to take to bring this about. You must guard against doing anything impulsive when it comes to your finances and any commitments you could be tempted to enter into. Curb any unnecessary spending until you work through all of this and see the decisions you need to make accordingly. From July through to mid September others can rethink their position. Their actions to late year will make their position obvious.

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